|The Academy and Red Team Safety and Security address school security
Given the increase in active threat events occurring throughout the country, the National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy (NMLEA) has utilized its resources to address this growing public safety issue. Announced at its office in Tallahassee, Florida, the NMLEA has partnered with Red Team Safety and Security, a Jacksonville, Florida Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business to create a "SAFER-TEAM" Program for schools, churches, governments, businesses, and hospitals throughout Florida, and the country.
The SAFER-TEAM Program (Standardized Safety & Security Advancement From Enhanced Response Training for Employees, Administrators and family Members) utilizes best practices and instructor experience from ALERT, ATIRC, ALICE, COBRA and other national programs to deliver a customized and comprehensive active threat solution for organizations of all shapes and sizes. "We felt a need to act," said the Academy's Executive Director, Mark DuPont. "Since 2000, we have been dedicated to serving those who serve others, those who patrol, protect and preserve our communities. Those are officers whose families go to these schools, attend these churches and visit these hospitals, and we felt it our obligation to provide the same level of training resources and expertise to those organizations, just as much as we do to those officers."
The SAFER-TEAM concept is a comprehensive threat response program that looks at a facility's safety posture, makes recommendations for enhancement, and then trains the staff on how to respond to active threats in a manner that can protect everyone until law enforcement and emergency responders arrive. DuPont went on to say, "by partnering with Martin Lopez and the Red Team Safety and Security organization, as well as our cadre of Active Shooter law enforcement instructors, we were able to create a very unique program that focuses on training the staff, employees, students and families in response techniques. So this is not a typical Active Shooter class. We believe that the best plan is a comprehensive and holistic approach to all threats, and one that involves everyone in the community. The SAFER-TEAM Program provides everyone with the basic tools, knowledge and skills to respond."
An overview of the program, its elements (which include assessments, planning, training and online learning for sustainment) can be found by clicking this link.
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